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Dr Chao Liu

Dr Chao Liu

Research Associate

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Room W/2.14, Queen's Buildings - West Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I am currently working as a Research Associate on the project MANUELA (Machine learning applied to pilot lines built around the use of metal additive manufacturing), funded by Horizon 2020. My current research focuses on the development of data analytic tools (e.g. machine learning, data mining) to support the understanding, the optimisation and the multi-scale and multi-physics simulation of Metal Additive Layer Manufacturing.

I received my PhD at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, in the area of advanced manufacturing in 2018. My Master's and Bachelor's degrees were both obtained in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, China in 2014 and 2012.

My research interests cover a wide range of topics in the area of advanced manufacturing, including Machine Learning, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Industry 4.0, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, Augmented Reality (AR), data communication standards, etc.

Honours and Awards

2017: Overall Winner - 2017 NAMRI/SME Student Research Presentation Award, at the 45th SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 45), Los Angeles, USA, 06/2017.

2018: Erasmus+ grant for 3 months PhD research visit at Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia. 02/2018 – 05/2018.

2019: Invited to attend DAAD Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour 2019, Germany, 09/2019.



  • 2014-2018: PhD (Mechanical Engineering) The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2012-2014: Master (Mechanical Design and Theory) Northeastern University, China.
  • 2008-2012: Bacholer (Mechanical Engineering and Automation) Northeastern University, China.

Honours and awards

Committees and reviewing

Selected Journal referees:

  • Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (Outstanding Reviewer: 11.2018)
  • Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • Computers & Industrial Engineering
  • International Journal of Production Research
  • Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing
  • Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Annual Reviews in Control

Conference special session organizer:

  • Co-organizer of special session - “Digital Twin: Theories, challenges, methodologies and applications” at the 48th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (CIE 48), Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.









Past projects